I read so much misleading rubbish about Santiago Airport in Chile (SCL for short) that I thought I’d better write up a quick blog post about what it was really like.

First off, from arriving quite a bit away from the processing area, it was still less than a five minute walk to the Immigration area. Signs were clearly marked in Spanish and English (also some in Portuguese).

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Note that there IS an Entry Reciprocity Fee for American and Mexican visitors, which I believe is in place as the US and Mexico charges Chilean nationals a fee to entry their countries.

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There was a HUGE duty free in arrivals, where you could pick up some last minute alcohol, perfume or massively overpriced peanut M&Ms.

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As this was a pretty late arrival, there were only a few people at Immigration and my flight got processed within 5-10 minutes.  Staff were friendly.

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After baggage claim (which I wasn’t using), came Customs.  Again, everyone was very friendly and I was through with a minimum of fuss.

There are very clear signs BEFORE leaving the customs area and exiting into the Arrivals space about public transport.

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I did listen to one piece of advice.  The arrivals area is a bit like bedlam, there were scores of taxi drivers and others inviting me to ride into town with them.  I had organised a private car with my hotel (the Crowne Plaza) and my driver was waiting with a sign.

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He did not take either of my bags and had clearly parked a long way away from the main car park to save money (this was NOT a cheap car service).  That could have been made a bit easier as the car park was about a dollar an hour.  First world problems, I guess!

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